Art Competition

One of SJHS’s potential Employer Partners, Shetland Space Centre, is running an exciting competition for 5-18 year old Shetland residents.

The winner of a children’s competition for the best drawing or painting on the theme of Shetland and space will secure a trip for two to Cape Canaveral.

The contest for local children between the ages of five and 18 has been organised by Shetland Space Centre, which is developing plans for a vertical rocket launch site and ground station in Unst.

“We know that Shetland is blessed with great artistic ability among young folk, and this is an opportunity for you to show off your skills,” said Shetland Space Centre administrator Carol Duncan.

“There is an exciting prize for the winner – a trip to Cape Canaveral in Florida with your dad or mum or guardian when the Covid-19 lockdown is over.

The entries, on the theme of Shetland and space, will be judged by a panel comprised of Graeme Howell, chief executive of Shetland Arts, Unst artist Pat Cerasale, Ms Duncan and Yvette Hopkins, SSC director of Shetland operations.

Entries should be scanned and emailed in PDF or JPG format to along with the child’s name, parent or guardian’s name, address and contact telephone number. The closing date is Monday 24th August.

A selection of the artworks will be displayed on the SSC website.

The prize will consist of flights for two from Shetland to Orlando, seven nights’ accommodation, car rental, tours of the Kennedy Space Centre and Cape Canaveral Nature Reserve and Disney tickets. Dates will be agreed depending on availability.

Good luck!


Please find below the ebook created by the young people of SJHS secondary department.  Each page has been created by a different student and holds their thoughts on how best to nurture health and wellbeing during these challenging times. There are loads of wonderful ideas and they are testament to the thoughtfulness and resilience of our young people: stronger together, reaching high!

How to Stay Healthy and Happy During Lockdown

Reflections Week

Please find our offer of Health and Wellbeing activities during Reflections Week.
The focus for this week would be for families to turn off Glow and concentrate on exploring outside, spending time together and looking after everyone’s wellbeing.  This is a very challenging time and we would like to reduce the pressure on our families. 


Please record your week with photographs and send them to or tag us on Twitter at @SandwickJHS with the #ReflectionsWeek.  We will create a video illustrating all of the wonderful things you have done over the course of the week. 
Reflections Week 2020

S4 Students moving to S5 in AHS

Monday 04 May 2020: AHS Learning Packs for new S5/6

Teachers at AHS are writing an S5/6 Home Learning Pack for you at the moment. This will be posted to all pupils moving into S5 and S6, junior high and AHS, by Monday 04 May. The pack will have some tasks to try each week in May, to help your child think about the five courses they will be studying in June.

How will your child be supported in May 2020?

The Home Learning Packs will have email addresses for AHS teachers, if you need any advice during May. You and your child can also contact myself on or and I will help in any way I can such as getting in touch with AHS teachers on your child’s behalf. If you need any materials for your child’s home learning in May, please let me know and I can arrange for you to get what you need locally.

What will happen in June 2020?

By the time Monday 01 June comes, the staff at AHS will know your AHS timetable, classes and subject teachers. They will then be able to set up Microsoft Teams for each class and begin learning and teaching more formally.

Change of plans?

If your child has changed their mind about moving to AHS for S5, please speak with myself, Mrs Harpe, and I will let AHS know as soon as possible. Alternatively you can all AHS direct on 01595 808008. If your child was never intending to go to AHS in S5 you don’t have to do anything here.

Parents of S4 Students Going to AHS

The opportunity to apply for a Foundation Apprenticeship has been extended to the end of June due to the disruption caused by the Covid 19 crisis. Programmes will start in August in line with the new Academic Year. Applications are available online through this link:


What are Foundation Apprenticeships?

Foundation Apprenticeships are a work-based learning opportunity for senior-phase secondary school pupils.

Lasting one or two years, pupils begin their Foundation Apprenticeship in S5 or S6. Young people spend time out of school at college or with a local employer, and complete the Foundation Apprenticeship alongside their other subjects like National 5s and Highers. This means these opportunities are only available to students going on the AHS.

Completion leads to a qualification at the same level of learning as a Higher and can lead to progression on to a job, such as a Modern or Graduate Apprenticeship.

Foundation Apprenticeships are recognised as entry qualifications by all Scottish colleges and universities.


Why might my child benefit from taking a Foundation Apprenticeship?

Unemployment rates in Scotland are significantly higher for young people compared with adults. To change this, we want to support pupils to build the skills they’ll need to be successful when they leave school. Foundation Apprenticeships were developed to help young people gain valuable, real-world work experience and access work-based learning while they’re still at school. By giving young people earlier exposure to the world of work, we’re helping them develop the skills, experience and knowledge they’ll need when they leave school.

For young people, it’s the chance to get a head start on their careers by gaining an industry-recognised qualification, work on real projects and broaden their career options when they leave school. And for employers, it’s the chance to attract highly motivated and committed young people who are willing to learn, identify young people who are right for their business and ensure their organisation has people with the skills they need.


How can I find out more about Foundation Apprenticeships on Shetland?

UHI will be hosting a weeklong virtual open event starting Monday 11th of May, with opportunity to book appoints with their subject specialist for discussions about courses. There are a number of both FE and HE opportunities on offer throughout their curriculum areas. Please have a look at their course list on the website:

UHI would like to be as supportive as possible and are still available to discuss and/or answer any questions that you have, please see contact details below:


Free online talks from inspirational speakers

Speakers for Schools Inspiration Programme provides a network of today’s most inspiring figures across business, arts, politics and more donating their time to help inspire students to fuel their ambition. We are passionate about providing a high quality and personal service, making it seamless for speakers, educators and organisations to get involved.

Speakers in our network range from CEOs of major companies to notable national journalists, arts people, scientists, leading entrepreneurs and academics.

You can see the full programme of speakers and access talks here:

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